Lesia Shannon Kudelka
Communications Director and Ombudsman
Counsel to Office of Communications
With cold weather here, OSHA is encouraging employers and employees to take necessary precautions to prevent and treat cold-related health problems. Employees who work outside are especially vulnerable.
Exposure to freezing and cold temperatures for extended periods of time may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water submersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these signs are observed, call immediately for emergency help.
OSHA offers these tips on how to protect employees during cold weather:
To access OSHA's "Cold Stress Tips Card", go to http://www.osha.gov/Publications/coldcard/coldcard.html